Over the last two weeks I went over how I largely dislike shojo and some shows from that genre I actually enjoy. Well, this week I’m going to talk about a show from my other most disliked anime genre; Harem. I’ve always found harem anime to be silly and kind of pandering, as it is generally a bunch of girls chasing a complete loser.
This show is precisely just that, only with a large dose of insanity.
Today I want to look over My Bride is a Mermaid.
The title of the show does do a pretty good job at summing up its setting.
While on vacation in Seto, middle schooler Nagasumi Michishio is saved from drowning by a mermaid named Sun. Not long thereafter he finds out that Sun is the daughter of a mermaid yakuza boss and that mermaid law states any human that sees a mermaid must be killed. In order to save both him and Sun’s lives, her family agrees to let Sun be his bride.
So seems straightforward enough, yes?
Well from things begin to spiral into insanity, largely from Sun’s overprotective father attempting to off Natsumi for taking his daughter. Add to that an eccentric cast of side characters and you have a show that goes from an average harem to a hilarious circus of insanity.
By far the most normal thing in the show is Natsumi himself, at least initially. Though starting off as your standard loser protagonist, he begins to change through his exposure to the mermaid world. This is most noticeable in a sense for danger he develops from the innumerable attempts Sun’s dad makes on his life. By the end of the whole thing he’s a very different person then the average nobody he starts out as, having become in many ways a better person.
The other most notable character is Sun, the titular mermaid bride. A sincere but airheaded girl, she largely serves the purpose of being a moral compass for Natsumi, helping him grow. However she is not with her own quirkiness, as being the daughter of a yakuza boss has caused her to develop some interesting views on life. This in turn leads to some pretty funny interactions between her and some of the other characters, as well as helping her stand out among the many anime heroines.
The animation for this show is largely average, outside of a couple choices made in terms of art direction. The most notable is the way the characters eyes are drawn, being more squarish than round. Another feature is the large majority of the cast looking somewhat chibi-like, helping to portray their youth. Finally there’s the shows use of color, which makes it all feel bright and lighthearted, further adding to its comedic tone.
The same goes for this show in terms of sound. While the large majority of the soundtrack is largely forgettable, there are a few that stand out. By far the most key of these for me is “Eiyuu no Uta” or “Heroic Song”. It’s an energetic, rousing track with wailing chants and pounding war drums, properly pumping you up during the shows more epic moments. Some other enjoyable songs are the opening, “Romantic Summer”, and the mixture of more J-Pop tracks like “Your Gravitation”.
My Bride is a Mermaid is a show that I initially watched to alleviate my boredom, something it did oh so well. It’s a hilarious and zany show that’s great for putting a smile on your face. So if you need a bit of happiness and humor, check it out! I give my recommendation for it, even if you aren’t a big harem fan.
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